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Summit Oatmeal Stout - Summit Brewing Company

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Summit Oatmeal Stout
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276 Ratings
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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 4.07
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 23
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Summit Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Oatmeal Stout |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: truthbrew on 05-23-2004)
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Photo of AgentZero
2.28/5  rDev -44%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

On special for $4 at Sheffields (anything for $4 in Chicago tends to be worth looking at).

A - Solid black, brownish on the edges, head is much lighter than expected. No lacing, sides clean.

S - Roasted malts, tiny bit of oats, some coffee, not really a ton going on, but it does smell like a stout, weakly.

T - Very blah. Tastes uneventful. Mild malts, a touch sweet, but there is just nothing going on here, kind of just is there in your mouth, and then it's not. Quite lacking in taste.

M - Has the consistency of some horrible health drink that went flat and is overly watery while carrying a stronger taste than the body should hold. Not good at all, almost spit out of your mouth bad. Too flat.

D - I wouldn't want to drink this again, poor mouthfeel and taste rates it low on this particular variable.

AgentZero, Mar 12, 2010
Photo of wagenvolks
3.83/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on nitro-tap at the Draught House in Austin.

Thick, blackish-brown body with a typically gorgeous head of tightly packed, creamy brown bubbles. Makes for excellent head retention and lacing, but I've seen better from a nitro-tap. Slightly muted aroma of burnt chocolate and coffee. A little vanilla interplays with the toastedness of the malts, as do a pinch of earthy hops.

Flavor is also a bit muted, with creamy oats and charred chocolate malts leading the way. Summit's oatmeal stout is tasty, but I expected a bit more from this beer as it fell a bit flat in the middle. Noticeable blandness towards the finish, but thankfully a bit of roasted chocolate malt picks up the slack. Great mouthfeel, courtesy of our friend, the 7th atomic element. Smooth, chewy, slick, velvety...all of the above in terms of body. All in all, a decent brew, but I would choose several other stouts over this one. Still, it's definitely worth a try.

wagenvolks, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of herman77
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Green Mill in Uptown

A: Jet black with a creamy thick head. Nice cascading affect as it settles. Very visually appealing. Tons of gooey lacing.

S: Roasty toasty malt, a little cream and a hint of coffee.

T: Toasted malts, oats, sweet cream, a hint of chocolate. There is a little bit of coffee bitterness that balances out the sweetness. Clean creamy finish. Awesome!

M: Wonderful. Silky smooth full bodied, but it doesn't seem overly heavy. Very low carbonation, just how I like it in an oat stout.

D: Very very drinkable especially with the lower abv. A session stout for sure.

I love this beer. Best offering from Summit. Wish more places had it on tap.

herman77, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of Arnie2709
3.43/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a 16oz chilled pint glass at JL Beers in Fargo, ND
Looks like espresso during the first second of the pour followed by the nice cascade effect from the nitrogen and just under two fingers worth of creamy nitro-head. Smell is very similar, espresso and coffee, with a very slight sweetness of chocolate. First taste is of roasted barley finishing with a malty sweetness. Full Bodied and lingers for little while after it's gone. A very nice alternate to Guinness for desert.

Arnie2709, Feb 23, 2010
Photo of pmccallum86
4.22/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep dark opaque color with a think coffee colored head that dissipates slowly.

The smell is of roasted malts and oatmeal.

Super smooth taste, oatmeal definitely there with maybe some coffee. Roasted malts are also there behind the oatmeal.

The mouthfeel is very light, smooth and refreshing, for a stout. This beer feels like silk on the tongue.

Drinkablility is great, this may be the definition of a session stout.

pmccallum86, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of bsp77
4.08/5  rDev +0.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from tap into Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Jet black with thick creamy tan head expected for a nitro beer. Fantastic lacing lines.

Smell: Dry roasted aroma with chocolate, light coffee and oats.

Taste: Somewhat sweet creamy taste with light roasted character, highlighting light coffee, milk chocolate and oats.

Feel: Exceedingly smooth and creamy but maybe slightly thin. Expected nitro feel, which is quite nice.

Drinkability: Very easy to drink with more flavor than a typical nitro beer. Great Oatmeal Stout overall.

bsp77, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of jera1350
4.47/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

On cask at The Blue Nile. This was the Fuggle dry-hopped version.

Jet black color with a huge dark tan head of fluff. Great head retention.

Smells of rich roasted malts with some dark chocolate.

Taste is basically the same as the nose, but in a much more forward manner. The malts are not burnt, just perfectly roasted and robust. Dark chocolate adds some depth and sweetness. The hops aren't that noticeable except for a slightly added hop bitterness. Great flavor.

On cask, the feel only benefits. Thick, rich, creamy and smooth, the feel can't get any better than this. Full bodied all the way.

So easy to drink and a low ABV to boot. I wish some way some how Summit could package this for consumers. This has to be my favorite oatmeal stout.

jera1350, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of cokes
3.7/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, very dark brown with a thick nitro-juiced tan head.
Java nose, with the creamy, flaky oatmeal as a pronounced secondary aroma, along with cocoa nibs, and grain.
Roasty up front and throughout. Coffee beans and bitter chocolate. Oats bring their creamed graininess, and stay awhile. Low hop profile, but the counteracting (and complementary) bitterness is there.
The nitro brings a fleecy full body upfront, which sags over the sip and thins a great deal.
I'd like to see a fuller, non-nitro version bottled, because it has a lot of upside, but the current situation is akin to an oated Guinness. Good session stout, but a bit hollow.

cokes, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of blackearth
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

And for my 100th review, Summit Oatmeal Stout. A holy grail of sorts for me since it's only sold on tap and not in bottles because it's tapped with half CO2 and half Nitro. I don't live near the Twin Cities, so it was a treat to finally have some at Stub and Herbs in Minneapolis.

Pours black with a light tan head that cascades in the body of the beer for a while after it's poured. Aroma was of roasted malts and creaminess. The mouthfeel was medium bodied and super silky-smooth. Flavors were a perfect mix of roasted, toasted malt with hints of cream and coffee. I was anticipating that this would be good and it exceeded those expecations. This is to date the best beer I've ever tasted.

blackearth, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of hardy008
4.15/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Came to the table with a foamy, tan, 2 finger head and a dark black color, with streaks of red when held to the light. The taste and aroma have coffee, oatmeal, and chocolate. Smooth and creamy, medium bodied, the carbonation is fairly light. Nice drinkability, with a mix of sweetness and coffee bitterness. Nicely made.

hardy008, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of Rooney107
3.9/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Served on tap, came in a sort of faded brown color with a solid head. Overall, quite an appealing beer that just seems to scream oats.

S- Definite earthy scent, not quite an "oat smell," but malt characteristics are certainly present. I also detect the faintest hint of cocoa and maybe a little vanilla.

T- The oat flavor hits me right away, great earthy taste. Slight bitterness intermingles with a malty chocolate presence. Light bitterness remains on the palate, but it is quite smooth overall.

M- Great chewy texture that one associates with the oatmeal stout style. Low carbonation compliments the flavors quite well.

D- Surprisingly, this is quite drinkable beer, for me at least. This is probably my favorite beer from Summit.

Rooney107, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of AmberMan22
3.95/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap, in a pint glass.

A: Probably the coolest pour I've ever seen. The bubbles just forged up from the bottom, settling into a nice, thick tan head. A perfect compliment to a very black looking color. Lacing looked like an intricate lattice pattern of dots.

Smell: Mostly oatmeal, not so much the rest of the beer. The other flavors are there, just not as prevalent.

Taste: Good, but not great. I did enjoy it more thoroughly once I got into it a bit, when I could taste hints of brown sugar along side the oatmeal. It provided a nice sweetness to the stout, and feels like a perfect pairing. Otherwise, actual malt flavors felt subdued and I was slightly disappointed.

Mouthfeel: Solid, fairly heavy stout feel. No complaints here.

Drinkability: I feel like I could drink this all night long and just enjoy it. I would be quite content drinking this on a late fall night, into winter.

AmberMan22, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass, slightly chilled at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN, on cask no less! This shows a deep and solid brown black with a fair fuzzy light brown head and good, steady lacing. The aroma brings on some classic coffee, vaguely smokey malt. Chocolate floats around as usual, pretty nice overall. The taste offers much more of that charcoal smoke with sweet apple malt and more subtle coffee hints. This is sweet and smooth with a slightly dry finish but quite drinkable for the style. Decent liveliness for a cask, but mid-bodied overall. I enjoyed this a bit more than most cask brews, not knock your socks off great but a solid brew very much worth a try if you happen upon a cask like I did tonight!

Durge, Jul 29, 2009
Photo of Ragingbull
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewery. Heavy cascading action as I watch being drawn off the tap. The head is thick and creamy. The nose is mildly malty and smells almost "creamy" with some touches of smoke. The flavor is consistent with the nose. Rich and creamy mouthfeel with a slight touch of smoke flavoring. Clean finish that is very light considering all that is going on. The rich flavor and mouthfeel and the fullness of the flavors would lead me to expect more of a residual aftertaste. It stays pretty clean and the creaminess begs to be sipped again.

Ragingbull, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of mothman
4.03/5  rDev -1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Groveland in St. Paul.

Served into a pint glass.

Pours a 1 finger creamy tan head. Color is a dark, dark brown. Almost has a chocolate hue to it. Good retention. Damn nice lace walls. A very appealing beer.

Aroma: roasted malts licorice, chocolate, then there are some burnt malts in the background that I don't like. Sweet light hops. Coffee.

Taste: The burnt malts come straight off the top. Then they get a little roasty. Chocolate, oats, coffee, and fresh light hops.

Mouthfeel: A little booze shows here. Smooth and rich. Not so creamy compared to other stouts. Full bodied. Medium carbonation. A nice mouthfeel that ends with a burnt malt aftertaste.

Overall, I really enjoyed this beer, except the burnt flavor. Easy drinking stout. I could easily have another, as my pint is going fast. I recommend this one if you are around the Twin Cities.

mothman, Jun 24, 2009
Photo of rkinsella
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I couldn't wait to try this beer, and it didn't disappoint! Had a pint with my meal at the Groveland Tap in St Paul.

Appearance - Near pitch with some brown/ruby highlights on the edges of the glass. Creamy tan head, thick lacing down the whole glass.

Smell - Toasted malt/oats, roasted coffee, dark toasted bread.

Taste - Sweetness upfront, roasted flavors of coffee, bit of dark chocolate, finishes with a smooth mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Although it was a nitro-tap, it wasn't over the top creamy. Tiny bubbles which were velvety, no where near watery. Perhaps the gas mix had less Nitrogen than other nitro-taps. Anyways, it was perfect!

Drinkability - As much of a session beer as Guinness and others like it. Even though it is on the sweeter side.

Would love to see this in bottles sometime. And I would prefer carbonation in the bottle rather than a nitro-widget. This would produce a better match to the "on tap" mouthfeel. Excellent offering from Summit.

rkinsella, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of yaegerje
4.45/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Another great beer enjoyed after the Summit brewery tour

A - A great dark body with a beautiful light tan head that sticks around

S - Coffee with an oatmeal kick

T - Excellent roasted coffee taste

M - The best of the beer, super smooth

D - Another great part of this beer, a nice little kick to finish it off

This beer is definitely the sum of its parts, quality ingredients, quality brewing, quality beer.

yaegerje, Mar 29, 2009
Photo of jlb307
4.38/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from the tap in a 16 oz. pint glass.

A: Black coffee, of course. Thick white head that coated the glass the whole way down.

S: Coffee and nuts with a hint of chocolate. Very malty aroma.

T: Out of sight! Probably the smoothest stout I've ever had. Hints of coffee, chocolate, some caramely sweetness too. Roasted malts helped round it out and make it a full-bodied beer.

M: Smooth as satin. Coated the mouth, tongue, and throat like syrup. I plan on using this as cough medicine in the future!

D: Not as smoky as most stouts I've tried which makes it very easy for me to drink. I think I may have a new favorite dark beer.

jlb307, Mar 07, 2009
Photo of jjanega08
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

a= pours an almost jet black with a nice creamy white head off a nitro tap with beautiful lacing on it.
s= oatmeal smell comes through quite a bit but the thick creamy head covers the odor a little bit
t= a little subdued and dissapointing. tastes a lot like a guiness but better. more flavor in the carmel malts and chocolate flavor.
m= smooth and very creamy
d= very good. pretty decent. i wish it wasnt on nitro tap, it prolly woulda had more flavor.

jjanega08, Mar 03, 2009
Photo of AdmiralDiaz
3.85/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Needless to say it looked perfect off of nitro-tap. Amazing two finger head that was almost as thick as whipped cream. Thick lacing all the way down.

S: Very light roasted scents and some chocolate.

T: Similar to the smell, mellow malts with hints of chocolate.

M: Extremely smooth, just what you would expect.

D: Highly drinkable and every sip enjoyable.

AdmiralDiaz, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of KeefD
3.53/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on nitro at Whistle Binkies. Pours a dark brown/black color with a creamy tan head that left sheets of lacing down the glass. Very nice! Aroma was a little light, some watered down roasty malts, hints of chocolate. Taste was very nice. Roasted malts were in good supply, some chocolate and coffee notes, and a nice creaminess. I for one do not like nitro-tap brews. While the flavor of this beer was spot on, the body was off for me. Yes, it was creamy, but it was definitely missing that carbonation bite that would have really made this beer sing. The nitro basically ruined this for me and made a good beer less drinkable. It just seemed like flat, watery beer. Where is the body on this thick tasting brew?? If I could find this carbonated with CO2, I would enjoy it much more.

KeefD, Feb 17, 2009
Photo of TonyBaloney
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've had this on draft a lot lately, and here's what I've found:

It pours a beautiful dark brown, almost black, with a nice head.
It has a robust smell of oatey, grainy malt.
The taste is outstanding, smooth, rich and flavorful, lots of creamy, malty goodness.The beer just slides down the throat; it isn't fizzy like some stouts I've had, just smooth and rich. At 4.8%, with smooth and easy drinking the Summit Oatmeal presents, this is a perfect session beer.

TonyBaloney, Feb 03, 2009
Photo of Mistofminn
4.25/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Stub and Herb before a Gopher basketball game. Ordered with a signature burger. Great combo!!!!

First thing you notice is it's pretty much jet black. Nice off-white head with impressive lacing. Smells of roasted malts and dark chocolate with some coffee scent present. Tastes much like it smells but the smoothness is what gets me. So smooth its almost incomparable. Very creamy. Can't detect the oats as much as I would like but definitely a strong choice.

May I suggest pairing this brew with a Signature Burger (at Stub and Herb in Mpls of course), sub fries with the 10,000 Lakes dressing (great both on the burger and with the fries). A solid choice for anyone before a sporting event or just out for dinner.

Mistofminn, Dec 11, 2008
Photo of Monkeypaws
4.5/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Ed's Bar:

What a treat. Fresh stout, with a heady aroma, damn near jet black in the glass, with a beautiful creamy head. Lovely smoky oats flavor, with a long aftertaste, smooth, and not overwhelming in alcohol. This is one beer I can drink all evening. Summit's masterpiece.

Monkeypaws, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of mjryan
5/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at Irish Fair O8. Nearly jet black with a thick tan head. Mild earthy, roasty aroma that gets much stronger after it warms up a bit. Wonderfull chocolate and coffee flavors with a rather sweet finish. Hops are there for balance but that seems to be it. The mouthfeel is thick and creamy(oats?). This is a smooth stout with no pretentions. Just drink it and be happy.

mjryan, Aug 13, 2008
Summit Oatmeal Stout from Summit Brewing Company
91 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.